So after falling behind on blogging during vacation we've reached November, a.k.a. National Novel Writing Month (NanoWriMo) the craziest thirty days in existence. This year NanoWriMo will be a different challenge altogether for me. Last December I moved to Louisville, away from my parent's home and the always-there meals of my mother to the city (or what constitutes the city in Kentucky).
Back home, I didn't have much of a life so NanoWriMo was simpler. Everyday I would come home from work, eat dinner and write. But this year will be much more of a balancing act than ever before. It'll look more like come home, walk dog, cook dinner and then that's where things get interesting. Having finally gained some semblance of a social life, I'd like to maintain that during November. So I'm trying to find a way to watch all my sports, feed myself, go to the climbing gym twice a week, knit and write. In preparation I looked back on my tip list from NanoWrimos past (see here) and actually the advice is still pretty good even in my new situation.
- Time Management - For this year stealing writing time is going to be even more important. I've already decided that I'm going to have to take my laptop to the office and write during lunch breaks later this month. I probably need to request a vacation day later this month to help as well.
- Sundays - Big Sundays are still my goal. As soon as this blog is posted I plan to go back to writing.
- Rewards - I'm using the climbing gym as a reward. Right now I'm planning to continue going on Tuesdays regardless, but going on Thursdays will depend on where I am on the word count.
- Don't Let the Bad Bother You - Always good NanoWriMo advice
- Write Different - Like last year, I am writing most of my NanoWriMo novel in Written Kitten.
- Live a Little - Last year this was a challenge I gave myself and this year it's even more important. I've started a new life here in Louisville and I'm going to maintain it.
I have a few other strategies for surviving NanoWriMo this year, like planning to cook big meals on Sunday so I can eat leftovers more during the week and going to my magical writing place (the apartment complex laundry room where there is no wifi) if needed. Yesterday I went to my first Write-In which was fun, if not completely productive, and I'd like to try to take advantage of living in a city with other Wrimos.
If any of my blogging friends are dong NanoWriMo this year feel free to add me as a buddy! And if not, I'll see you around the web because I'm planning to keep book blogging and tweeting throughout this month.